How to convert a 4 wheels into ham radio station multibands in 20 minutes

It’s while TO1USB activation in Guadeloupe, where I could test in real conditions the setting of a portable ham radio station that I wanted QRV on 50MHz, 28MHz, 21MHz, 14MHz, 144MHz, 432MHz only on USB mode.

Not so easy in portable on a island between compromise of easy to travel and antenna performances. For the transceiver, no problem, the ICOM 706 MKIIG is a real good rig to operate quickly on 6 bands with 100 Watts from 14Mhz to 50Mhz, small and easy to carry out.

To return to the antenna question I need to be QRV on 6 bands HF+VHF+UHF but especially be able to assembly and disassembling antenna quickly and even for a single person alone to do it.

Here is what looks like the final result and solution founded :

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Propagation and radio report #1 from TO1USB

First report from Guadeloupe Island for 2-3-4 august 2007 : The conditions of propagation are very low, probably the badest I ever seen from years here in Guadeloupe Island. The good news is that it can’t be more low, and it will begin to rise from now…

On 20m, the most active band, I’ve heard on 2-3 august strong Bresilan and American station and ham radio station from some part of south america (Chilie, Nicaragua, Venezuela) but not able to make QSO with my 100w and a mobile vertical matched antenna 🙁 Continue reading Propagation and radio report #1 from TO1USB

FG/F1JXQ will be TO1USB in Guadeloupe Island – IOTA NA-102

For the first time I fill the form to get a special callsign for my next activation in Guadeloupe Island in French West Indies. The reason was to get a callsign shorter and easier to pronunce on air. The special callsign will be used from 4 august to 18 august 2007.

Why I choose USB as three final letter of the callsign ? It means that I will operate only USB ham radio frequency : 20m, 10m, 6m, and 2m bands. Continue reading FG/F1JXQ will be TO1USB in Guadeloupe Island – IOTA NA-102